EXHIBIT Closed on March 18th 2012

Juror: Rafal Maleszyk

Memories I - Juror's Choice by Carmen Spitznagel Waldberg, Germany
Memories II - Juror's Choice by Carmen Spitznagel Waldberg, Germany

"The term accessories has come to include a host of photographic gadgets of questionable value..."Ansel Adams, The CameraMonochrome images from traditional silver black and whites to cyanotypes, sepia toned photographs and anything else in the color-less spectrum.

"A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made." Edward Steichen

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 February 12
Artists' Reception:26 February 12 00:00
Exhibit Closes:18 March 12
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

These two masters enriched the history of photography by being some of the first to experiment with new technologies in a relatively new art medium. They were also traditionalists and truly embraced manual and old photography processes. The hundred and fifty photographers from Steichen's world is millions today, and finding "as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made" is no longer as simple. Digital cameras and editing software have transformed the medium and opened up whole new worlds for the 21st century photographer. We have dozens of "aps" that help us tweak a digital image to "perfection" in minutes. A vast repertoire of image resources we look to for inspiration and meaning still brings us to the same point of reflection as photographers of the early 20th century: what is the art of photography?

Black and white photography, a genre that many would claim made them fall in love with image-making in the first place, has remained completely relevant and contemporary despite it's ancient roots. It is timeless, sometimes soft, sometimes dramatic and brings new perspective to images and image making. Whether you are a darkroom purist or a Photoshop craftperson, show us your love for hue-less images. We want to see YOUR best black and white or alternative process images for an exhibit that will pay tribute to the origins of photography and praise it's development.

Juror's Statement:

The jury process for this exhibit was very challenging. There are many great photographs, very strong and creative work. Some although beautiful and creative could not be chosen because they are simply over exposed or over saturated. Even though the original idea, composition or the moment captured is great I did not include some due to overexposed areas or work that is too dark. Some photographs lacked focus. So to sum up: do not over expose, be careful with sharpening, work on composition. The selected works for this exhibition is a representation of strong photographs, that make a great impact, give a strong first impression, are technically correct and are very creative photographic works.

It was a great experience and honor to see all this great work. I thank all photographers including those who's work was not selected. Art is very subjective and I chose what feels right to me, which is not the same for everyone. Keep up the good work. I would be happy to discuss photography with any photographer in this contest.

Rafal Maleszyk

memories I
Juror's Choice

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
memories II
Juror's Choice

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
Street Sweeper Under the Waterfall
People's Choice

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA

Apartment Zero
Honorable Mention

Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Honorable Mention

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Edith (2011)
Honorable Mention

Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA

Honorable Mention

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
A Forest
Honorable Mention

Gilson Geoffrey
Sant Quirze del Valles, Barcelona Spain
Honorable Mention

Thomas Mitchell
Holden, MO USA

Horizon 9, Russian Ridge

Ajay Malghan
Laytonsville, MD USA
Lost Cause

Amy Neill
Mashpee, MA USA
Legs, Hair, and Back

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA


Brandon Fenner
Williston, VT USA

Carlos Eduardo Assalin Nogueira
São Paulo, São Paulo brazil
a winters tale

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

a moment lost I

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
to be a sheep

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

Chip Rutan
Old Saybrook, CT USA


Daan Kooijman
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall #1

Dick Sanders
La Quinta, CA USA
Beach Pebbles

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Sky Waves

Fred Fisher
Marietta, GA USA

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Xray Flight

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Ennis Wood

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
I Turn My Camera On

Hillary Cissell Pease
Midlothian, Virginia USA
Bending Reality

Hillary Cissell Pease
Midlothian, Virginia USA

Abandoned Mill

Ira Musty
Groton, VT USA

J. Lawrence Landaw
New York, NY USA
The Doll House

Jessie Seib
Evansville, IN USA

A Place to Hide.

Jessie Seib
Evansville, IN USA
Toxic Train

Joseph Martin
canfield, ohio USA

Julie Guével Goldstone
Burlington, VT USA

Cascading Waterfall

Justin Michaels
Essex Jct., VT USA

Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA
In Suspense

Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA

Defender of the Empire

Kristen Schmalzried
Manor, TX USA
And Then There Were Three

Kristen Schmalzried
Manor, TX USA

Lynn Thomas
Temple, Texas United States


Manuel Gil Jr.
Brooklyn, NY USA
The Conversation

Marilynn Waters
Claremont, CA USA
Chopping Blade

Matthew Aron Roth
Merrick, NY USA

Light as a Feather

Maura Brennan
Los Angeles, California USA
Prairie Grass

Michael Knapstein
Middleton, WI USA
Morning Fog

Michael Knapstein
Middleton, WI USA

The Sound at Dusk

Mike Isaak
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Nicolas Lotsos
Athens, Greece

Nicolas Lotsos
Athens, Greece


Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA

Peter Brian Schafer
Brooklyn, NY USA
Baggage Claim, National Airport

Rebecca Epstein
Washington, DC USA

African Eyes

Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA
Sack of Fish

Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA
Mother and Child

Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA

Antwerp 1

Nude Study No. 1

Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Mediterranean Afternoon

Sasa Prizmic
Zagreb, Croatia


Shawna Gibbs
Claremont, NH USA
Shadow World

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
2 Eggs 3Pans

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA

Cerrillos Fire Station

Storm Sermay
Las Cruces, NM USA

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Terry Schmidbauer
Walnut Creek, CA USA

Downtoin LA Noir

Victor Currie
Newport Beach, CA USA
Caddo Lake

Vincent Mariano
San Antonio, TX USA

Juror: Rafal Maleszyk

Growing up in southern Poland, Maleszyk spent his childhood and early years in post-communist Poland. He first started exploring photography using a 35mm Kiev on his fourteenth birthday, and learnt how to develop black and white prints in the dark room set up by his father in the family kitchen.

Maleszyk’s photography is rooted in his interest in natural landscapes. For him, photography is the ultimate artistic form that captures one’s encounter or oneness with nature. His style focuses on simplifying and expressing with intimacy the perspectives in nature. His training in fine art has helped him with the craft of composition and experimentation.

In 2009, he moved to the Oahu island of Hawaii, where he now works as a professional fine art black and white landscape photographer, specializing in large format prints series using a digital medium format Hasselblad camera. To date, his photographic portfolio covers landscapes from many countries including Poland, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Maleszyk has received numerous awards. In 2011 his work has received over 10 awards and recognitions as well as publication in Silvershotz magazine from Australia, Black & White Magazine in USA, Camera obscura as well LensWork. We are very happy to have him juror our first black and white photography exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery.